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No public details on crashed Lion Air voice recorder until final report: Indonesian official

No public details on crashed Lion Air voice recorder until final report: Indonesian official

FILE PHOTO: Wreckage recovered from Lion Air flight JT610, that crashed into the sea, lies at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities do not plan to provide a public update on the contents of a cockpit voice recorder from a Lion Air jet that crashed, killing 189 people, until a final report is released in August or September, an official said on Tuesday (Jan 22).

The Oct 29 crash, which killed all those on board, was the world's first of a Boeing Co 737 MAX jet and the deadliest of 2018.

The contents of the jet's second black box, which were recovered from the Java Sea north of the capital, Jakarta, on Jan 14, could provide a detailed account of the last actions of the pilots.

Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of a Lion Air JT610 that crashed into Tanjung Karawang sea is seen inside a special container after it was found under the sea, during a press conference at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

READ: Found: Lion Air flight JT610's black box

The recording needs to be filtered first due to "background sounds" hindering the transcription, said Soerjanto Tjahjono, the chief of the transportation safety committee (KNKT).

"It might take one or two weeks because it was noisy inside (the cockpit)," he told Reuters. The transcription would not be made public until KNKT's final report is released "between August to September", he said.

READ: Lion Air jet should have been grounded before fatal crash, Indonesia says

Under international rules, a final crash report is due within 12 months if that is possible.

Contact with flight JT610 was lost 13 minutes after it took off from Jakarta, heading north to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.

Lion Air JT 610 crashed shortly after take-off on October 29, 2018 with 189 people on board AFP/John SAEKI

The preliminary report released by KNKT in November focused on airline maintenance and training, as well as the response of a Boeing anti-stall system and a recently replaced sensor, but did not give a cause for the crash.

Lion Air has faced scrutiny over its maintenance and training standards since the crash. Relatives of victims have filed at least three lawsuits against Boeing.

Source: Reuters/aa


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